Vending Machine Dispenses 'Morning-After' Pill

By: AP
By: AP
A vending machine at Shippensburg University

Pharmacist holds package of "Plan B" emergency contraceptive tablets (AP)

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Students at a Pennsylvania university can obtain the "morning-after" pill from an unusual source -- a vending machine at the campus health center.

The vending machine at Shippensburg University's Etter Health Center provides the Plan B emergency contraceptive along with condoms, decongestants and pregnancy tests.

Vice President for Student Affairs Roger Serr says the machine was installed after a request from the student association and a survey found 85 percent of student respondents supported it.

Plan B is available without a prescription to anyone 17 or older.

The drug isn't covered or subsidized by the school. Instead it is supplied for $25, the school's cost to the pharmaceutical company and less than at off-campus pharmacies.

Shippensburg is a public school of about 8,300 students about halfway between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.


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  • by Anonymous on Feb 13, 2012 at 10:47 AM
    That pill would be available in all vending machines across the nation if we men could get knocked up!
  • by Jack Diligence on Feb 8, 2012 at 05:57 AM
    Can they make one of these pills for elections?
  • by dianna Location: colorado springs on Feb 7, 2012 at 04:10 PM
    My only question is how are they verifying age? I relize that its a college but still...
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      by erick on Feb 9, 2012 at 12:34 PM in reply to dianna
      you dont need to be of age to be using comdoms and contreceptive pills the whole pint of them is to prevent pregnancy's no need for identification thats my opinion...
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